you mean strive to be THIS wall:
you mean strive to be THIS wall:
Even though your kid is not playing against hard slappers, it may be no time at all until he is. Buy him at least the Itech 2500. The 1500 has the nickname "The Widowmaker" for a reason.
Only specific Itech series with the cat-eye mask were the 'widowmakers'. The defect was in the cage and the top bolts that had a habit of bending or shattering when there was decent speed on the puck . They have long since been recalled. Also, since the equipment is for a KID, the cat-eye masks arent even allowed in league play, so the 'widowmaker' thing is really not much of an issue.
Here is the official release on the Class Action Lawsuit:
Like Unholy said, the masks you are looking at should be perfectly fine for now. If he sticks with it, the minute you watch a practice or a game and you see those pucks get any type of velocity on them and/or he takes a shot or two to the dome you're gonna want to upgrade. Also, mask maintenance is KEY. Let it air out after every single game... never leave it in the bag. Inspect it after every game. If you see any dents, chips, or rust you should consider replacing it. All those are signs of structural breakdown and thats where you might get an injury situation. It wont be too much of an issue now, but if youre in the habit now (and teach your son what to look for...) then when it might become an issue you're covered.MISSION-ITECH: Recalls 5T Hockey Equipment Due To Injury Hazard
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), Mission-ITECH Hockey, of Kirkland, Quebec, Canada is
voluntarily recalling about 5,000 units of ITECH Profile 2100,
1100 and 8.0 hockey goalie masks and ITECH RP607 and RP609
goalie mask replacement wires.
The metal wire on these products could break at or near a weld
point, exposing a hockey goalie to facial injuries. ITECH
received three reports of injuries sustained from the wire
breaking at or near a weld point. The injuries included
superficial facial and eye injuries.
The recalled hockey goalie masks and replacement wires are non-
certified models with a cat-eye design and have the word "ITECH"
printed on the sides and front of the mask. The ITECH Profile
2100, 1100 and 8.0 goalie masks came in black or white. A label
identifying the model and size (medium or large) is affixed to
the rear crown of the helmet. In addition, the back of the
helmet has a large red triangular warning label. The ITECH RP607
and RP609 replacement wires are black, white and chrome and
include a unique side attachment design - they are attached to
the helmet/mask by four screws and posts without the use of any
Manufactured in Canada, the hockey equipment were sold by
sporting goods and hockey specialty stores between January 1999
and September 2004 for about $250 for the mask and about $60 for
the replacement wire.
Consumers should stop using the masks and replacement wires
immediately and return them to the company for a free
Consumer Contact: Call ITECH toll-free at (877) 832-3366 or send
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org OR Randy Burns at (514) 697-9900.
Last edited by Unruely35; March 3rd, 2008 at 10:14 AM.
I don't mean to take issue with you Unruely, but the Itech 1200/1400's reputation is not only from the defective cages, but from it's composition of ABS plastic. As far as I know, they don't even contain fiberglass. A goalie I used to play against bought one as an upgrade to his generations old fiberglass mask. I squeezed the chin portion of the mask and it flexed easily. I tried the same with my mask (an Eddy GT Ultimate) and I couldn't budge it. I don't know, some people swear by NXI masks, which are plastic based, but I feel more secure with something a bit more solid on my head.
Also, the 1200/1400 still have the certification. Many people (myself included) take issue with this because there are plently of far superior masks out there that do not have certification, rendering the certification process in doubt.
My first mask was an Itech 1400. Never again. Besides learning how unsafe they were for adult ice hockey, the thing just felt bad. The foam in it was very hard and irritating, the back plate was uncomfortable and the whole thing just felt mis-sized. I upgraded to another mask from an other manufacturer and noticed an immediate difference. This is all just my opinion, of course.
My issue wasnt with the quality of the 1200-1400's... just the 'widowmaker' monacre. Its one of those things that is handed out as a nickname to one specific thing then passed around conveniently to anything else made by the same company. You know how that works.. Kinda like how half of LGK swears that the Kings have the first pick on lock if they tank the rest of the season and Stamkos is the future? Same thing. Just because someone says it is doesnt mean it is and just because someone thinks a product is crap from what they read on the 1n73rw3b2 doesnt mean it is.
Throwing in the widowmaker thing in this thread I think is a little misguided simply because of who was asking the question. Why instill a fear of the quality of a product when it isnt necessary? I agree that the lower series masks arent a great idea for adult hockey at any level that isnt copper or lower, but a 1400 Itech with a certified cage will be perfectly fine for a 6-8 year old so theres no reason to scare him off of one.
Thanks for the input again. I have done research on masks quite a bit since I started this thread. I did read about the "widowmaker" and know it is the cage and not the helmet/ mask. Thanks for your concern since it's for my son.
I have found that most places don't have a lot of masks in stock to try on. Most of this is due to it being "between seasons" for most leagues. (so they say) I was going to go to Discount hockey just to have him try one on and see the fit prior to ordering one on line. Glad I called first, they are no longer off the 101 @ Shoup, they are now out in Agoura Hills.
Since I got a few goalies attention now. How do I get him to stay upright when he drops to his knees? he has the tendancey to fall forward when he hits the ice. I think Lessons from Coach Tian at Pickwick are in the near future so he doesn't get any bad habits locked in. Tian was the goalie on the Chineese National team.
BTW, he won again Yesterday
It's a bit far but Hockey Monkey in Santa Ana has a lot of goalie gear. About the same size shop as the old Discount Hockey and half the shop is goalie gear...
Also FWIW, that first mask in this thread looks pretty cool too me...